The part that really bothers me it's what's on the second paragraph Weezy wrote. As a guy who's actually pretty much studied the CBA, I can assure you that he would still get his money if the Lakers had applied for a medical retirement for 10 or fewer games. So no, you're most definitely not mistaken.
Nash is just being stubborn as hell, trying to extend his career when it's definitely over (and he pretty much knows this). Of course, in his impossible task he's completely screwing the Lakers, and honestly, he's probably screwing himself also.
I know I would certainy want those $9.7M. We made a mistake there, but he has a right to that money, and I can't blame him for wanting it. I won't be the false guy who says "I shouldn't take it because he's earned a lot of money and he doesn't deserve those $10M". I'm sorry but no. That's a lot of money of anyone.
But trying to deny the fact that he just can't compete on NBA level anymore, and stepping on a whole team (and a VERY large fanbase) that's another story. That's what makes me angry about this guy. And it's a shame, cause I did respect him. Now I really regret to have bought a Nash jersey... that's really sad I think.
I was never a complete Nash fan in terms of game. I always thought he was kinda overrated as a point guard. I always rather had Billups, Kidd or even Marbury, back in the day. Of course, I didn't like that his Suns eliminated us two years, but this went from way back. Even before he won his MVPs. I do think he's one of the best passers this league has ever seen... just not that great of a point guard (its totally different being a great passer from being a great point guard. A great example of excellent passer and not-so-good point guard would be Jason Williams). But that said, I did respect the guy and I did have fun watching him play. So for me, his career couldn't end on a worse note.
Right now, while I think it's probably not the best choice, I almost want the team to stretch him, just because that implies waiving him and getting him out of the Lakers.
In his 10th game, it was ridiculous, it was clear the guy was in no condition to play. It was plain obvious. I hate that.